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Friday, February 25, 2011

John F. Kennedy Library Presidential Library and Museum ...

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

AnnouncingThe President's Desk

an Interactive Online Module at

President's DeskThe John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has unveiled The President's Desk, an interactive online module that allows students and other website visitors to sit virtually at President Kennedy's Oval Office desk and explore several multi-media presentations of historic aspects of his life and administration.

With the launch of The President's Desk, students of politics and history have the unique opportunity to learn about JFK's experience in World War II, explore the Kennedy campaign office, dial President Kennedy's Oval Office phone, press the secret button to the White House taping system, flip through his daily schedule, sail the Victura around Cape Cod, browse through family photographs, and discover what it means to hold the highest office in the land.

The module's interface is based on an archival image of President Kennedy's Oval Office desk, which was made from the timbers of the British ship, the HMS Resolute, and presented by Queen Victoria to President Rutherford Hayes in 1878. The desk disappeared from public view until Jacqueline Kennedy found it in the White House broadcast room and had it installed as the President's desk on February 4, 1961. The original desk is still being used by President Obama.

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